Wednesday, October 20, 2010

JDIZZY's 365 # 166: Photograph

Photograph - Ringo Starr (1973)

Oddly enough, Ringo has had the most varied of all The Beatles' solo careers. He has been a crooner, a hillbilly, a rocker, and a hell of a band leader. Still, it is his rash of hit singles in the early seventies that are his greatest legacy outside of The Fab Four. This gem sits atop that stax of wax for its sheer perfection in a 7" single. In a year when the rest of the boys were losing focus, Ringo brought them all back together for his self-titled album, creating with George Harrison his finest moment. It tells how pictures trap our memories better than any song I have ever heard. Poignantly performing it the Tribute to George in 2002, Mr. Starkey didn't leave a dry eye in the house. He continues to show us, after all these years, that Billy Shears is just as important as The Walrus, The Shaman and The Pop Impresario.

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